Harris County Veterinary Public Healthcare Facility

Healthcare, Government


Houston, Texas


48,000 sf

Project Features
  • Flexible and durable; easy to maintain
  • Focus on stress-reduction and health of animals
  • A place to learn — for both the public and the staff
  • Safe and secure spaces
Together with Shelter Planners of America, Kirksey was selected to design the new Harris County Veterinary Care & Adoption Center. With more than 24,000 animals under the care of the current shelter in 2014 alone, the team saw a need for expansion and new, modernized technology with enhanced levels of animal care.

After performing a facility program assessment, the team concluded that a new, more efficient facility would be the most effective use of the County’s 2015 bond funds. A program for new construction was outlined, and a 20+ year lifespan of the building was to be expected.

The new 48,000 sf facility doubles the shelter's capacity, which allows the department to maintain its improved live release rate. The project, referred to as Harris County Pets, provides for more opportunities of socialization between people and animals, includes outdoor walks, dog runs, cat condos, community rooms and “get acquainted” rooms. It also supports efficient workflow that allows for staff and public activities to occur at the same time without interruption.
David McLemore, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP 713 426 7512
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David joined Kirksey in 1995 and has since managed the design of more than 5 million square feet of healthcare, research, and academic healthcare space. David’s client-centered approach and technical acumen have helped build and establish the expertise of Kirksey’s Healthcare Team. He specializes in programming, medical space planning, healthcare simulation design, and complex project coordination.